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Whenever we hear the name Roger Federer, a stream of images flashes in front of our eyes which can be of his emphatic victories or of his shocking exits.
Federer has won a record 17 Grand Slams in his career. He has had a great number of good performances in his illustrious career and like every great player he too has had some bad days on the court.
Here we pick the 15 most shocking defeats of Roger Federer. Let the countdown begin…
15) Roger Federer’s loss to Nick Kyrgios at Madrid Open
The bad boy of tennis, Nick Kyrgios knocked the Swiss Maestro out of 2015 Madrid Open. Kyrgios was ranked 35 in the world at the time of the match. The teenager showed great heart to win the second round encounter 6-7 , 7-6, 7-6.
This was Roger’s earliest exit from Madrid Open in his 11 appearances at the tournament.
Roger after the match:
“My problem was I couldn’t return his first serve, I had a horrible performance on return of serve. As the match went on, it got so bad that I just couldn’t get into decent positions on the return. So it made it very difficult to get any sort of rhythm after that. I’m very disappointed by that. That’s what cost me the match, in my opinion. “
14) Roger Federer’s loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon
There is always a great sense of expectation whenever Federer enters the Wimbledon and rightly so, as he is a seven- time champion at the tournament.
In 2011, however, Federer was ousted by the Frenchman, Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter finals. Tsonga came from two sets down to win the thrilling five set battle 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
13) Roger Federer’s loss to Jeremy Chardy at Italian Open
In the second round of Italian Open in 2014, Roger Federer lost to Jeremy Chardy ranked 47 with a score of 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. It was a disappointing loss for Roger as he had reached the finals the year before.
It was also the first time in four years that Federer lost in his first match at an ATP 1000 series tournament.
12) Roger Federer’s loss to Guillermo Canas at Indian Wells
Roger Federer suffered a surprise exit from the Indian Wells, 2007 as he lost to lucky loser Canas in the second round. The final scoreline was 7-5, 6-2.
Federer was on a 41 match unbeaten streak and was looking to break Guillermo Vilas’ record of 46 matches.
11) Roger Federer’s loss to Albert Ramos- Vinolas at Shanghai Masters
The latest addition to the list of upsets, is Roger’s loss to the left handed Spaniard, Ramos-Vinolas. The 70th ranked Ramos had never previously beaten a player in top 10.
He sent Roger packing in the second round 7-6, 2-6, 6-3.
10) Roger Federer’s loss to Robin Soderling at French Open
A huge upset for the defending champion, Roger Federer, as he was stunned by Soderling in the 2010 French Open quarter-finals. Roger went out in four sets losing 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
This ended Roger’s record streak of reaching semi-finals in 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.
9) Roger Federer’s loss to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon
In 2010 Wimbledon quarter finals, Roger lost to the big Czech 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Roger had eight break points but converted just one of them which cost him the match.
This was only the second loss at Wimbledon for Roger, in previous 7 years.
8) Roger Federer’s loss to Novak Djokovic at Rogers Cup
World Number 1 on the day of the match, Roger Federer, dominated the tennis world in 2007. He made it to the finals of all four Grand Slams and won three out of them, losing only to Rafael Nadal at French Open.
Even in midst of such dominance, the young Serbian, Novak Djokovic had the courage to step onto the court and beat the defending champion 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 in the finals of Rogers cup.
7) Roger Federer’s loss to Filippo-Volandri at Rome Masters
This exit marked Roger’s four straight consecutive tournament losses, his worst stretch since February 2004.
6) Roger Federer’s loss to Andy Murray at Cincinnati Masters
Andy Murray, played the best match of his career to outclass the World Number 1, Roger Federer. The young Brit won 7-5, 6-4 in their round of 32 match at Cincinnati Master,2006.
This was the first time in 18 tournaments that the dominant Federer did not make it to the finals. It cost him an opportunity to equal Ivan Lendl’s record of reaching 18 consecutive finals.
Roger after the match:
“I would love that the streaks go on and on and on, but once in a while it’s also good you lose, I always draw a positive out of losses, you know, so we’ll see what I got to do now the next few days. “
5) Roger Federer’s loss to Ernests Gulbis at French Open
In the 2014 French Open, 4th round, Federer lost to the Latvian, Ernests Gulbis 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Roger had two set points in the second set but failed to convert them and went on to lose the set.
This was Roger’ earliest exit in the French Open in 10 years.
Roger lost the match after having won the first set and with two set points in hand in the second. He had the following to say after the match:
“I’m clearly very disappointed not to come through with the win. After the chance in the second set, fighting back in the fourth, not to play a better fifth set, I have a lot of regrets here now. I think Gulbis did a good job of hanging around and clearly coming back in that second set was crucial for him.”
4) Roger Federer’s loss to Tommy Robredo at U.S. Open
In his 2013 U.S. Open match against Robredo, Federer was nowhere near his best. He lost to the 19th seed, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.
This was Roger’s first loss in the round of 16 at Flushing Meadows in ten years. This also made 2013 the first season since 2002, in which Federer failed to reach even a single Grand Slam final.
Federer after the match :
“I kind of self-destructed, which is very disappointing”
3) Roger Federer’s loss to Andreas Seppi at Australian Open
Seppi stunned Roger in the 3rd round of the first Grand Slam of 2015. Federer came into the match leading 10-0 in the head to head record against Seppi, which made the loss even more astonishing. He lost 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 on what he termed as ” just a bad day”.
It was the first time in 8 years that Federer failed to reach semi-finals at Australian Open and first time in 14 years to not reach the fourth round.
2) Roger Federer’s loss to Marin Cilic at U.S. Open
A five time champion at the Flushing Meadows, Roger Federer came into the 2014 semi-finals confident and ready to go. However, he was demolished by the big Croat in their semi-finals match. He lost 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in just one hour and 45 minutes.
25 of the last 38 Grand Slams finals before the tournament had featured Roger Federer as one of the players.
Federer was clearly the favourite to win the match, but some exquisite tennis and impeccable stroke making from Cilic , knocked Federer out of the tournament and delivered one of the biggest shocks to the tennis world.
1) Roger Federer’s loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon
Every tennis fan was talking about one name and one name alone on first Wednesday of The Championships, 2013. Sergiy Stakhovsky. He stunned Roger Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 in their 2nd round match.
Roger came into the match as the defending champion and a record equalling seven time winner at Wimbledon. Stakhovsky on the other hand, was ranked 116 in the world and had nothing to lose.
Stakhovsky had the following to say after the match:
“When you come here, on the cover of the Wimbledon book is Roger Federer. You’re playing the guy and then you’re playing his legend, which is following him because he won it seven times. … You’re playing two of them. When you’re beating one, you still have the other onewho is pressing you. You’re saying, ‘Am I about to beat him? Is it possible?’ “
This was Roger’s first loss in the second round of a Grand Slam after winning 50 times before in the same. Roger’s record of 36 straight quarter finals at Grand Slams also came to an end.
Federer after the match:
“Well, what do you do after something like this? What do you do? Do you do the 24‑hour rule? You don’t panic at this point, that’s clear. Just go back to work and come back stronger. Somewhat simple. Hard to do sometimes. But usually I do turnarounds pretty good.”